Chicago 5, Washington 2

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, March 18, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 36-30-3-3 23-10-1-2 13-20-2-1 L2
Chicago 40-25-4-4 25-7-1-4 15-18-3-0 W3

Recap


BLACKHAWKS 5, CAPITALS 2
: Rookie Andrew Shaw scored two goals and set up another while Bryan Bickell added a tally and two assists as Chicago topped Washington to improve to 7-1-1 in its last nine games.

Viktor Stalberg and Patrick Kane also scored and Corey Crawford made 16 saves for the Blackhawks, who have earned at least one point in each of their last five contests (4-0-1). Chicago began the day four points behind Nashville for fifth place in the Western Conference.

Shaw opened the scoring 3:35 into the game when he buried a rebound from the high slot, and Stalberg made it 2-0 less than 4 1/2 minutes later with a wrist shot.

Mike Knuble halved the deficit early in the second as his shot from the top of the slot deflected off a defender's stick and past Crawford for his second goal in three games. Knuble has just five tallies in 63 contests this season.

Kane restored Chicago's two-goal advantage at 7:57 with his third in five games. Andrew Brunette made a cross-slot pass from the bottom of the left faceoff circle to Kane, who fired the puck into a vacant net to extend his points streak to five matches.

Shaw completed his first career two-goal performance with 8 1/2 minutes remaining as he came out from behind the net and slid the puck past Michal Neuvirth, giving the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal with 5 1/2 minutes left in the session to draw the Capitals within two.

After getting the puck in front of his own net, the superstar skated up the left wing. Ovechkin made a nifty move in the left circle, putting the puck between his own legs in order to get past Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, and ripped it past Crawford.

Bickell sealed the win and capped his first career three-point effort with an empty-netter with 1:48 remaining in the third.

Neuvirth stopped 24 shots for the Capitals, who fell to 1-2-0 on their five-game road trip. Washington entered the day two points ahead of Winnipeg and idle Buffalo for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Ovechkin has recorded three goals in as many games. ... Stalberg's tally extended his points streak to four contests. ... The Blackhawks have won seven consecutive meetings with Eastern Conference opponents. ... Washington has lost 20 of its last 29 road games. ... Chicago improved to 6-1-1 in its last eight home contests and has won 11 of 14 at the United Center.

Top Game Performances

Washington   Chicago
Mike Knuble 1 Points Andrew Shaw 3
Mike Knuble 1 Goals Andrew Shaw 2
Keith Aucoin 1 Assists Bryan Bickell 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Michal Neuvirth .857 Save Percentage Corey Crawford .889
Michal Neuvirth 24 Saves Corey Crawford 16

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Washington 18 2 0-1 1-1 2 19
Chicago 29 5 0-1 1-1 2 36

Upcoming Games

  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Chicago . The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .615 after a win and .471 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Detroit . The Capitals have a W/L % of .541 after a win and .457 after a loss.
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